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Humble Beginnings...

Like more than a few good things in life, my whisky passion started with a dram, a dram of whisky on my wedding day. It was nothing fancy mind, just an aptly named “Founders Reserve”.  From there I dived deep into the whisky ocean, and went - like a lot of you I imagine - on a wonderful journey of discovery.  A journey not just of taste, places, and special moments in time...but of whisky people and their stories.

Whisky is a wonderful medicine. When treated with respect, it brings people together, and encourages community, sharing and enjoyment.  Whisky stimulates creativity and its appreciation. It can open up the heart and stir the soul. 


From just the three simple ingredients of barley, water, and yeast, and then through a romantic industrial - or even alchemical process - beautiful spirit emerges to be filled into casks, and rests there for time and wood to work their magic.  Later, sometimes much later, design & bottling occurs. Only then comes the special moment for us all to taste and discover this water of life.  

East Coast Whisky represents the continuation of this journey, into sharing with you what whisky is out there, the experiences and stories it brings, and the people it meets along its way.

There will be blogging, tastings, whisky meals, festivals, cask bottling, and more as we journey to maturation.

Our focus is coastal and local, as myself and the team are based in East Lothian and Edinburgh, Scotland. Yet we are open to all who form this global whisk(e)y community, near and far.

So welcome, pour yourself a #dramotheday and enjoy!!!

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The Whisky Weekender 1st - 3rd November 2024

A very special weekend event has been arranged for you all, deep in the Scottish Highlands. Following on from our succesful partnership bottling of Glen Garioch 1988, the Thompson Brothers are hosting us at the Dornoch Castle Hotel, their legendary whisky venue. This is a proper whisky residential, not your usual 4 hour whisky show!! Expect special drams and surprises. Now read on for all the details...

1st of November 2024

The Feast & BYOB - At 6 pm we welcome you to the Dornoch Castle Whisky Bar to begin the evening with a social meet-and-greet and BYOB. A family-style feast will be served in the hotel restaurant at 7 pm. BYOB will continue during the meal and into the evening...

2nd of November 2024

The Secret Tasting - We invite you to gather at the Castle Whisky Bar at 7.45 pm for the main event, this tasting has been curated by Phil & Simon Thompson & Frederick Maitland (ECW). They will present eight whiskies in pairs. Each pair will have one whisky selected individually by the Thompsons and Fred! The whiskies will be presented blind and the Thompsons and Fred will not be aware of each other's selection until the 2nd of November, although an adjudicator will ensure we do not select the same bottles! This promises to be a unique tasting event and an entertaining evening! The evening will continue after the tasting in the Castle Whisky Bar!

3rd of November 2024

Breakfast will be served from the hotel restaurant from 8-10 am. Complimentary late check-out is available until noon to allow everyone to recover from the tastings!

The Details

What does the price include? 

Bed & Breakfast at Dornoch Castle Hotel for two nights.

The feast meal & BYOB on the 1st of November.

The ECW x DCH tasting on the 2nd of November.

20% Discount on all whisky by the measure in the Dornoch Castle Bar.

10% Discount* on off-sales from Thompson Bros Bottle Shop/Dornoch Castle (off-sales discount excludes Dornoch Single Malt).

Option to purchase one Dornoch Single Cask Single Malt Whisky on check-out (one per attendee).

What does it cost? 

£525 based on one person in a standard garden room.

£900 based on two people in a standard garden twin or double-bedroom Room.

Supplements: £20 per room per night for a Superior Castle room, £50 per room per night for a Castle Deluxe room.

Extend your stay on the 31st of October or the 3rd of November: £100 per room per night based on a standard garden room, whisky discounts will continue to apply... 10% on Off-sales & 20% on Whisky by the measure (the above supplements will apply to Superior or Deluxe rooms).

What is the price breakdown? 

£100 per room per night - £25 per room per night supplement for a second person (applicable on the 1st/2nd only).

£75 per person for the Feast meal (1st of November) £250 per person for the ECW x DCH whisky tasting which includes 8 x 1.5cl measures.

How do I book? 

Bookings are made via the Dornoch Castle Hotel website and reservations will require a £100 deposit per person. To reserve the weekend please enter the code eastcoast when booking. This will open up the weekend and also give first refusal to the 31/10 and 3/11 if you wish to extend the weekend. A further £100 per person will be required in July, with the remaining balance due at check-out of Dornoch Castle Hotel in November.

GET BOOKED IN NOW!!! - spaces are already getting filled.

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Two online tastings for June to share with you. To take part you have to be part of our circle, so message or email me to find out more...

Fred's Birthday Bash - Friday 14th June - 7.30/10pm

Some exquisite drams to celebrate another year on earth!! These include rare opportunties to try a 38 year old Cragganmore, and a single cask Oban, alongside some other gems...

1997 Clynelish 23 Milroy’s excellence.

1975 Glenlivet 29 proper SMWS.

1985 Cragganmore 38 CoD STUNNING!!

1972 Glen Elgin 32 distillery’s finest.

1989 Oban 24 rare exceptional private cask.

1983 Secret Highland 36, the best one.

1975 Teaninich 45 Clayton’s best bottling.

1978 Highland Park 29 D.Laing incredible!!

ECW special old Highland Park vatting (free!)

Mortlach Madness 2 - Friday June 28th -7.30/10pm

Our second Mortlach vertical tasting, again with some very fine drams to enjoy together...

29yo Cadenhead’s 1987 52.9%

32yo SMWS 76.146 1987 50.7%

22yo Milroy’s 1999 54.7%

18yo Cross Hill 1988 59.2%

33yo Adelphi 1989 48%

30yo Douglas Laing 1989 52.4%

25yo Silver Seal 1989 52.4%

23yo Rare Malts 1972 59.4%

So again if you would like to join in, either one or other or both of these, email us dram@eastcoastwhisky or message us through the website or the usual channels. Have a great summer and hope to see you soon!

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As well as the might Bulloch Collection being enjoyed this Saturday 13th, we have another couple of tastings coming up for friends of East Coast Whisky in May & June, with more to be announced soon!! If you would like to join any of these, either email us, find us on WhatsApp, or dm through IG @eastcoastwhisky to find out how. We meet on Zoom, and also record the sessions, so you can still take part even if you can't make it for the live event!!

Mortlach Madness - Coming Soon in June

A superb line-up of 8 majestic Mortlach's, perfect for a Sunday evening:

29yo Cadenhead’s 1987 52.9%

32yo SMWS 76.146 1987 50.7%

22yo Milroy’s 1999 54.7%

18yo Cross Hill 1988 59.2%

33yo Adelphi 1989 48%

30yo Douglas Laing 1989 52.4%

25yo Silver Seal 1989 52.4%

23yo Rare Malts 1972 59.4%

Paradise by the dashboard light... a celebration of East Coast Whisky Tours, past, present & future!! - Friday 31st May 7.30pm

An eclectic, and delicious selection, featuring drams either inspired by or collected on tour; or indeed offering a glimpse into our collective future...there will be boats!!!

21yo Arran Lochranza Castle 47.2%

22yo Clynelish 1996 C.Dully 54.7%

25yo Cragganmore 1975 D.Laing 50%

Balvenie 19yo Burnhead Wood 48.7%

NAS 30 Blended Malt 45.1%

30yo Highland Park 1985 Silver Seal 51%

28yo Highland Park 1988 Cadenhead’s 49.6%

28yo Scapa 1993 57.6%

30yo Mortlach Seventies 45%

The Hearach Batch 1.8 46%

11yo Talisker 1988 D.Laing 50%

Port Ellen (PE5) early eighties/2011 57.9%

...why paradise...? Well it's a homage to the wonderful modes of transport we have already enjoyed getting all over Scotland. Most recently our vans that stood up to the storms of Orkney, and helped us retrieve this very fine Scapa!! Also this is the first Port Ellen featured in one of our tastings. All of these drams are superb. So don't delay if you want to join!!

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